TechDroider: Pixel-XL

Pixel Home Button Animation ported to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Pixel Home Button Animation ported to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P


Google's Pixel and Pixel XL comes with a new navigation bar and even a new home button animation which gets enabled when activating Google assistant. 

When activating Google assistant, Four dots slide out in each respective direction, and then quickly aligning themselves horizontally. 



Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users can now also enjoy this new Home Button Animation. Thanks to Chromloop, who successfully ported new Pixel animation to Nexus 5X and 6P running Android 7.1.1 (Developer preview).

You can grab the modded file and read the Instructions by visiting Chromeloop.

Chinese team hacked Google Pixel in under 60 seconds

Chinese team hacked Google Pixel in 60 seconds


At PwnFest, a hacking competition in Seoul, South Korea, A white-hat hackers team named Qihoo 360 hacked the Google's Pixel under 60 seconds. 

The team used a zero-day vulnerability to remotely install code, and then the exploit launched Google Play store and then Google's Chrome before showing the message "Pwned by 360 Alpha Team".



Google gave $120,000 to Qihoo 360 for showing them the vulnerability in Google Pixel. Google will now work on patching the same. 

The team also won a total of $520,000 in cash prizes after demonstrating additional vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge, and Adobe Flash. 



Source:- Theregister


November's factory images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices

November's factory images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices


Google's November Security patches and updates are now available for Supported Nexus Smartphones and Pixel Devices. It's the first update for the Pixel and Pixel XL, the update comes with Bluetooth fix, VR improvements, WiFi Calling option for New Mexico and November Security patch.



The new build no. are as follows-

Pixel – NDE63X, NDE63V, NDE63U (7.1.0)
Pixel XL – NDE63X, NDE63V, NDE63U (7.1.0)
Pixel C – NRD91N (7.0)
Nexus 6P – NBD91K (7.0)
Nexus 5X – NRD91N (7.0)
Nexus 6 – MMB31C, MOB31K, NBD91P (6.0.1/7.0)
Nexus Player – NRD91N (7.0)
Nexus 9 LTE – NRD91N (7.0)

Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – NRD91N (7.0)

According to Verizon, the Pixel and Pixel XL new update features

  • Message notifications while connected to vehicle Bluetooth® systems
  • Daydream View performance
  • Adds New Mexico as a state option during Wi-Fi Calling setup
  • November Security Patch



You can download the factory images and OTA files from the below link-

Factory Images | OTA Files


Verizon releases new updates for Pixel and Pixel XL with November security patch



Verizon is now pushing a new update for Google's Pixel and Pixel XL. The new update brings Bluetooth fix, VR improvements, WiFi Calling option for New Mexico and November Security patch.

As said earlier by Google "Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will get updates at the same time as Google’s" and it seems that Verizon is right on time!




Here's the Changelog for the new update-

  • Message notifications while connected to vehicle Bluetooth® systems
  • Daydream View performance
  • Adds New Mexico as a state option during Wi-Fi Calling setup

Source:- Verizon(Pixel XL)| Verizon(Pixel) | Via:- DroidLife


Systemless root method now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL

Systemless root method now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL


As promised earlier by Chainfire, systemless root for the Pixel and Pixel XL is now available. 



One can easily root their Pixel/Pixel XL (Thanks to Chainfire). You just need to unlock your Pixel/Pixel XL's bootloader and Install the SuperSU 2.78 SR2, which will enable su access without touching anything in the system partition and allow dm-verity to be toggled.

You can go through full XDA developer Guide of rooting Pixel and Pixel XL.

Source:- Chainfire

The Google Pixel gets rooted by Chainfire

The Google Pixel gets rooted by Chainfire



Google's first Smartphone "Pixel" has now been rooted by the renowned developer Chainfire. The developer shares image of his Pixel Smartphone showing a super user request pop-up as evidence.



Chainfire disabled DM-verity and used a modified system partition in order to Root the Google Pixel. If you want systemless root with DM-verity enabled, wait few days, Chainfire is already working on it.






This Is The Actual Cost Of Making a Google Pixel XL

This Is The Actual Cost Of Making a Google Pixel XL


According to BoM experts at IHS, the Google Pixel XL 32GB variant actually costs only $285 to build. 

Note:- Software, R&D and marketing costs are never included in BoM calculations.



Actual cost- $285 | Selling Price- $769. Google is earning pure profit (Approx $485) by selling out their first Smartphones at this price. Though Nothing new, For comparison, the Samsung's Galaxy S7 costs $255 to make, while the iPhone 7's amounts to $224.80.

Also watch: Google Pixel XL Unboxing!

Source:- ihs

Google Pixel and Pixel XL hits the Indian Stores



Google's First Smartphones i.e. the Pixel and Pixel XL finally hits the Indian stores with Pre-order ending today. 

The Smartphones were launched back on October 4th and went on Pre-order in India exclusively at Flipkart from 13th October. The Pre-orders are finally ending today and One can now directly buy the Pixel Smartphones in India.



The Pixel Smartphones are now available in India at Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma, Vijay sales, e zone, Hotspot, Sangeetha, poorvika and Bajaj electronics. 

Also Watch:- Pixel XL Unboxing


The Pixel comes in two size i.e. 5.5" and 5" and three colors i.e. Very Silver, Quite Black and our limited edition for the U.S. only, Really Blue.





Both the Smartphone features a 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 on the front display and back glass to accent the aerospace grade aluminum body. The Pixel Smartphone comes out with the best smartphone camera featuring a 12.3MP rear cam with an f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels. The Pixel are powered with Snapdragon 821 64-Bit Quad-Core Processor, 4GB RAM and comes out with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.



Google Pixel-

Google Pixel (Quite Black, 32 GB)-  ₹57,000
Google Pixel (Very Silver, 32 GB)- ₹57,000

Google Pixel (Quite Black, 128 GB)- ₹66,000
Google Pixel (Very Silver, 128 GB)- ₹66,000


Google Pixel XL-

Google Pixel XL (Quite Black, 32 GB)-  ₹67,000
Google Pixel XL (Very Silver, 32 GB)- ₹67,000

Google Pixel XL (Quite Black, 128 GB)- ₹76,000

Google Pixel XL (Very Silver, 128 GB)- ₹76,000




Google Pixel XL Undergoes the Teardown Treatment, Gets Decent Repairability Score

Last week the Pixel and Pixel XL went on sale, You might have already got your Order or might be getting it soon.

Also Read:- Google Pixel XL Unboxing!



Folks over iFixit have decided to test how easy it is to perform self repair over the Pixel XL. Their full teardown of the Pixel XL also reveals that the AMOLED display and the RAM is made/supplied by Samsung and The battery has an HTC logo on it. 




Google Pixel XL Undergoes the Teardown Treatment, Gets Decent Repairability Score

Google Pixel XL Undergoes the Teardown Treatment, Gets Decent Repairability Score


Google Pixel XL Undergoes the Teardown Treatment, Gets Decent Repairability Score


Altogether Pixel XL gets a Decent 6 out of 10 repairability score, Go ahead to iFixit to get full idea on "How you can Repair your Pixel Smartphone".



Source:- iFixit

Google Pixel XL Unboxing!

Google First Smartphones i.e. Pixel and Pixel XL are already up for Pre-order or Direct Purchase in few Countries. If you have ordered the Device, Your order might have already arrived or will be arriving by the next week.



In this YouTube Video, we’ll take you around the packaging of the phone, share some initial thoughts on the in-hand feel. Following the below video, there are some Unboxing Images of the Google Pixel XL 32GB variant.

Let's unbox the Google Pixel XL - By Paul Dournovo!




Google Pixel XL Unboxing Images-











Very Blue Google Pixel Goes through burn, bend and scratch test

Very Blue Google Pixel Goes through burn, bend and scratch test


Google's first Smartphone i.e. Pixel and Pixel XL comes with a Gorilla Glass 5, Aluminium body and a Glass back. 



But the question is How durable is the Google's First Smartphone ? Well "JerryRigEverything" will answer you by doing a brutal bend, scratch and burn test!



Google Pixel and Pixel XL Factory Images and OTA Files now available

Google Pixel and Pixel XL Factory Images and OTA Files now available


Google has just released the Factory Firmware Images, OTA Files and Driver Binaries for the Pixel and Pixel XL.

The Firmware Images will help Pixel users to put the Smartphone back to Original Software condition while the you can flash the OTA for doing a manual software update to latest version, without wiping the whole data.



For now there are three Factory Images namely- NDE63H, NDE63L, NDE63P. Note- The Images are different for different carriers and country.

Download:- Factory images | OTA files | Drivers


Google Pixel and Pixel XL to receive guaranteed Android updates till October 2018

Google Pixel and Pixel XL to receive guaranteed Android updates till October 2018


Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL which comes with Android 7.1 will be the first to get Latest Android updates until October 2018.



According to Google's 'Check & update your Android version' support page, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is guaranteed to receive Android updates until October 2018 i.e. 2 years, while the same will get security patches for at least 3 years from when the device first became available, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer.




Here's the actual statement-



Pixel phones get the latest version of Android directly from Google.
If you bought your device from the Google Store, updates will typically reach your device within 2 weeks. If you bought your device from your mobile operator or somewhere else, updates may take longer.
Pixel phones get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device became available on the Google Store. After 2 years, we can't guarantee additional updates.
Pixel phones get security patches for at least 3 years from when the device first became available, or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer. 

Source:- Google

Google Assistant features an insane trivia game for your Pixel Phone

Google Assistant features an insane trivia game for your Pixel Phone


Just say- OK Google, “I’m Feeling Lucky” to your Pixel Smartphone and you will become a part of T.V. style audio-only trivia game show.



The new Google Assistant which comes integrated to Pixel and Pixel XL has a hidden Easter egg inside, which was first discovered by ArsTechnica. 

To play this "Trivia" game, all you have to say is "OK Google, I'm Feeling Lucky" to Google Assistant. The same will open with an introduction, Theme music starts playing, the Google Assistant introduces itself, the audience cheers, and the questions start. If multiple contestants want to play, a round-robin format is used as players take turns answering questions. At the end of the game, Google Assistant announces the winner.



So, Are you feeling lucky?

Source:- ArsTechnica

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users can now Download and Install Pixel Camera Application

Google Pixel comes with a new Camera application, that has now been ported to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P running Android 7.0 Nougat. 



Google Camera v4.2 which comes with Pixel Smartphones, has been modified by Developers at XDA to make it work on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.


Here are the Screenshot of Google Camera v4.2



Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P can now Download and Install Pixel Camera Application

The new Google Camera v4.2 has long-press to lock the exposure/focus, manual exposure, and new UI grid options. What are you waiting for? Give it a try right now!



Download Pixel Google Camera v4.2

Via:- XDA


Pixel Phones from the Google Store Will have Unlockable Bootloaders



Yes, the Google Smartphones i.e. Pixel and Pixel XL will be having unlockable bootloaders, at least if you buy the device from Google Store.



We already know that Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will not have unlockable bootloaders, though as per earlier reports both the Google Store and Verizon version of Pixel and Pixel XL will get timely Software updates.

Android.Wonderhowto reached Google regarding this "Unlock Bootloader" thing and Google Spokesperson Iska Saric told them the following:


Yes, Pixel owners who purchased the device from the Google store will be able to root their devices.
Pixel phones purchased from the Google store will ship with an unlockable bootloader.



Unlockable bootloader means one will be able to explore their device in depth by rooting and Installing custom roms and much more.

Via:- Android.Wonderhowto

Google Pixel Commercial: Crush by you, Phone by Google

Google Pixel Commercial: Crush by you, Phone by Google


Google Pixel and Pixel XL are now available for pre-order in few Countries. The latest Google Flagships comes with great features and they are probably one of the Note 7 alternatives, you can buy!

Go through-







Here is the Two New Google Pixel Commercials-





You can now Pre-Order Pixel Phones at Flipkart, get upto ₹27,000 off on exchange



Launched back on October 4, the Pixel and Pixel XL (Smartphones by Google) are available for Pre-Order at Flipkart.com. The eCommerce website is providing amazing deals on Pixel Phones.

As far as the Pricing is concerned, The Pixel starts with ₹57,000 (32GB) and ₹66,000 (128GB) while the Pixel XL costs ₹67,000 (32GB) and ₹76,000 (128GB).




Here are the deals offered by Flipkart-



  • No Cost EMIs from ₹3,167/month . Other EMIs from ₹2,764/month
  • Get upto ₹27,000 off on exchange
  • First 1000 customers to get EGV worth Rs.5,700
Pre-Order the Device at- Flipkart


Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will get updates at the same time as Google’s

Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will get updates at the same time as Google’s


The Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will be getting updates at the same time as unlocked users. As reported by Ars Technica, the operating system and security updates of Pixel Smartphones will happen in partnership with Google.



The Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon comes with 3 extra Apps installed including My Verizon and Verizon Messages, which can be easily uninstalled. Also, the Verizon version of the Google Pixel will be carrier unlocked, so you can use it where ever you like.



Google confirms the statement saying-


"OS updates and monthly security patches will be updated on all Pixel devices (Verizon and non-Verizon versions) simultaneously."

Source:- Arstechnica

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera Samples and a 4K Video Sample

During the launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL,  Brian Rakowski called the Smartphones "the best smartphone camera ever made". The Google Pixel and Pixel XL comes out with 12.3MP Sony IMX378 sensor and even got the highest score i.e. 89 from DxoMark.



Isaac Reynolds, a Googler who is the product lead in cameras for the Pixel shows off how much Google Pixel's Camera is capable of, by sharing bunch of Images and a 4K Video Sample.

Check out Google Pixel/XL Camera Samples-


Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

Here are some Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera and a 4K Video Sample

You can go through full gallery via this link.


Check out Google Pixel XL 4K Video Sample-

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